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Chef Richard Garcia’s Favorite Local Restaurants

No one knows food better than a chef! That’s why we asked our own Chef de Cuisine Richard Garcia of ZuZu about his favorite spots around town.


Where do you like to go for barbecue?

Rudy’s. They’re based in Albuquerque and have two locations in the Valley (one in Chandler and one in Goodyear). They have the best brisket, I haven’t seen anyone else come close!

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Shop, Eat + Read at The Newton

The Newton is a neat complex at 3rd Avenue and Camelback that includes Southern Rail restaurant, Changing Hands Bookstore, and Southwest Gardener. Originally, the building housed Beef Eaters restaurant, which opened in 1961. Each spot has a unique personality. You can enjoy dinner and drinks, browse the bookstore, and find some unique gifts.

Southern Rail

Southern Rail is the new restaurant from Chef Justin Beckett, …

Arizona Restaurant Week is May 15-25

Arizona Restaurant Week is almost here! With over 100 restaurants participating, it’s the perfect chance to get out and explore the local dining scene. Three-course, pre-fixe menus are offered at $33 or $44, May 15-25. At ZuZu, we’ll be serving a three-course menu with a glass of wine or beer for $33, plus tax and gratuity. Choose from favorites like our Braised Beef Short Rib and Peanut Butter Crunch Bar. Make your reservation soon. Call 480.421.7997 or book online.

FIRST COURSE

Beet + Goat …

Aunt Chilada’s Mexican Restaurant

Recently I had a chance to revisit an old Valley favorite, the original Aunt Chilada’s Mexican restaurant. It was built on the foundation of the only general store that served the laborers at the Rico Mercury Mine over 100 years ago. The men, dreamy-eyed and intoxicated from inhaling the mercury vapors were said to be returning from the “Dreamy Draw”. After the repeal of prohibition, the land’s owners were granted the first liquor license in Arizona.

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